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Latest News / Shell LiveWIRE Malaysia Awards start-up funding to Sarawak entrepreneurs

 

Shell LiveWIRE Malaysia has awarded a total of RM 50k (US $11,250) in start-up awards funding to enable five young entrepreneurs from Sarawak to develop their own businesses.

The five award winners were selected from a group of 30 young entrepreneurs from Sarawak who had successfully participated in the inaugural 2016 Shell LiveWIRE business development programme.

The expansion of Shell LiveWIRE to cover both Sabah and Sarawak in 2016 follows the successful pilot programme which ran in Sabah the previous year.

Each of the 30 young entrepreneurs underwent a year-long programme, comprising an enterprise awareness taster session and more detailed small business development workshops to empower them with the essential skills and knowledge to start, operate and manage their own businesses. The Bright Ideas enterprise awareness session enabled participants to shape their business idea, while the more intensive Become a Successful Owner Manager enterprise development programme allowed the entrepreneurs to produce a viable business plan and gain the essential skills required to start-up and manage a sustainable business. Participants also benefited from exclusive coaching and mentoring engagements with Shell business development managers and the certified Shell LiveWIRE facilitators, and they will continue to receive business development support from the programme’s delivery partner, Borneo MAD, for up to three years.

At the end of the programme, participants were given the opportunity to present their proposals and business models to a panel of business experts, who selected the five winners to each receive RM 10,000 (US $2,250), based on criteria including: the value of the product or service; the market and competitive positioning; and, the coachability of the entrepreneur, amongst others.

The entrepreneurs receiving funding cover a diverse range of business sectors, including; printing, agriculture, steel fabrication, juice drinks and digital coding.

One of the entrepreneurs to receive funding is Sebastian Lim, whose business Simply Delicious makes juice drinks, is grateful for the role Shell LiveWIRE has played in the development of his business, saying, “I’m really grateful to Shell LiveWIRE for providing me with a leg-up in realising my entrepreneurial dreams! Shell has been in Malaysia for more than a century and they still continue to invest into the country, and create that shared value for us in Sarawak through innovative programmes that will equip the future generation of Sarawak.”

Khairool Adzelan of CodeLab, which connects young people to the world of digital coding, says, “I know it takes a lot of hard work to start a business and I was prepared for it, but the coaches, and my mentor, gave me the extra confidence boost through Shell LiveWIRE to create something that I knew would be successful, not just for me, but also as a way for me to contribute back to Sarawak’s economy.”

The entrepreneurs received their awards from Miri Mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang at Shell’s office in Lutong, witnessed by Shell Sarawak General Manager (Business Excellence) Chok Chee Tsong, who represented Shell Sarawak Managing Director, Simon Durkin.

The five enterprises each receiving RM 10k funding are:

Khairool Adzelan, from Kuching, aims to connect young people to the world of digital coding, through his enterprise CodeLab. Khairool aims to inspire young people to pursue both an education and career in this sector.

Wee Hung Yee, from Kuching, runs and incorporated agricultural technology company called Worming Up – Free Range Chicken. He intends to commercialise free range chickens for public consumption using organic mealworms as feed.

Zaid Iskandar, from Miri, runs a printing business called Sutra Designs, which specialises in printing T-shirts and decals for cars. His business has already been identified as having the potential to enter Shell’s supply chain as a licensed provider of Shell merchandise based in Sarawak.

Sebastian Lim runs a cold press juice business in Miri called Simply Delicious. He has plans to develop it into a health food bar promoting healthier lifestyles. This business is also thought to have the potential to supply retailers in Shell’s Downstream value chain.

Leonard AK Langgong from Bintulu believes that his idea, Food Steel Fabrication, will enable more entrepreneurs to pursue their own businesses by providing steel fabrication for food trucks or kiosks.

In Malaysia, Shell LiveWIRE ran its pilot in Sabah in 2015, and subsequently extended the full programme to both Sabah and Sarawak in 2016. A total of 130 young people aged 18 to 35 participated in the programme this year. 


 

Shell LiveWIRE Malaysia Awards start-up funding to Sarawak entrepreneurs
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